SECOND SKETCH: THREE Bs to “BELONGING” (cont.)
“B Two = Badge lacks courage to educate” (cont.)
And by asking the question, by (once again!) forcefully elbowing the reader/viewer to give up some affirmation or applause – for just a moment – Realist almost stops in mid-whirl and recognizes the insubstantial nature of a spectacle-dependent sense of self: the pupil-image/tag/badge Realist is creating may not be “true” (or not “professional”) after all.
But the moment passes quickly. Redoubling efforts at deflecting and delusion, Realist barrels on, “I” whirling and finger pointing at District Office’s trickster world of false symbols and shifting meanings. Ever playing to the (in) crowd at some “Other’s” expense.
“Riddle me this: Do ivy league [sic] faculty wear badges when they help their customers? Didn’t think so,” writes Realist.
Of course faculty at Ivy League schools wear “badges”: they wear the “Ivy League” reputation. That reputational good is what enrolling students purchase. Students there – just like CCC students here – dream of wearing graduation gowns, mortar boards and tassels, and receiving diplomas. The badges worn by Ivy League faculty and students – just like those worn by faculty and students who work at CCC, Best Buy, or video game stores – neither contain any fixed meaning nor have a fixed relation to those (“trained to be slaves”) who wear them. People give “badges” to themselves and each other, and people give meaning to those badges.
Some “badges” are earned, some not. Unlike Henry, Realist does not come to understand this.
Narcissistically, Realist identifies with the Ivy League and not with CCC or its students.
Realist writes: “Only educated peeps having [sic] the courage to promote true education with words and actions; which is more than I can say for the people responsible for authoring [sic] the badges.” Notice the use of the word “authoring,” not “authorizing.”
And Realist is responsible for authoring all of the “badges” in this post, for erecting unmistakable markers of class (if not race) in a post that, ultimately, was never intended as any kind of critique but as mere self-aggrandizement for the purpose of (in-crowd) affirmation.
Realist’s drive to separate “them” from “us” reaches new lows as the post concludes.
(Next: the conclusion to Second Sketch/B Three begins)